In October 2009, following an international tender process, architectural firm Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp was appointed to undertake architectural design and in October 2010, then Minister for the Arts, David O’Byrne MP, announced the public release of the architectural concept plan.
Their architectural design will reinvigorate TMAG using contemporary architecture that is also sympathetic to the heritage and character of the site and the waterfront setting.
The following video and images show the full architectural concept.
Architectural Concept - Video (3 Minutes)
Visitors to the redeveloped Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) will enjoy an engaging and vibrant outdoor civic space where archaeological evidence of Tasmania’s past can be experienced in situ.
The historic Watergate will be highlighted as the centrepiece of the entrance to your new museum, surrounded by heritage buildings on one side, and a new building housing a cafe and flexible program-delivery facility on the other.
TMAG’s treasured heritage buildings will be preserved beneath an enclosed courtyard, creating an impressive welcome space for visitors. The Bond Store and Commissariat Store will be accessible year-round, and become an important showcase of Tasmania’s colonial heritage.
Your new museum will be a world-class facility, providing double the current exhibition space while preserving the history and heritage that is so important to Tasmania.